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Oct. 6, 2006

Medical Student Receives Pisacano Scholarship

Terri Nordin, a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, was recently named one of five medical students nationwide to receive a Nicholas J. Pisacano, M.D., Memorial Scholarship.

Pisacano Scholarship recipients are selected for demonstrating a strong commitment to family medicine, exceptional leadership skills and superior academic achievement, in addition to strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service.

Nordin will receive a financial scholarship for the remainder of her medical school and medical residency training, and she will participate in the Pisacano Leadership Program.

"I know that the skills and relationships I'll gain by being a part of the Pisacano Leadership Program will definitely have a positive impact on both my career and personal life," Nordin said. "It will allow me the opportunity to meet other students and physicians who are passionate about family medicine and will provide me with tools to better care for my future patients."

Nordin completed a year in the UI Department of Family Medicine as a Doris Duke research fellow and has worked in the UI Family Care Center with several faculty members. Her work with the family medicine faculty was highlighted in the lead article in the July-August 2006 issue of the journal Family Medicine.

She also is serving as the co-president of the Family Medicine Interest Group for the second year.

"Caring for the health care needs of an entire family is a profound privilege that I am blessed to have a passion for," Nordin said. "Taking a holistic approach to treatment can be a great benefit for any physician, and family medicine is a dynamic field in which you can provide holistic care."

The scholarship was presented at the American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly in Washington, D.C. last month.

The scholarship is from the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, an organization associated with the American Board of Family Medicine. The Pisacano Foundation's mission is to promote the development of leaders in primary care by supporting medical students and physicians who demonstrate a high level of scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills and service to the community.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Andrea Schreiber